What Is A Chalazion?
The term chalazion (pronounced kah-la’- ze-on) is derived from the Greek word meaning small lump. It refers to a cystic swelling with chronic inflammation in an eyelid. A gradual enlargement can be felt near the margin of the lid due to the swelling in one of the eyelid oil glands (meibomian). Occasionally swelling of the entire eyelid may occur suddenly. This condition is not to be confused with a “sty” which is an infection of a lash gland. When the chalazion is small and without symptoms, it may disappear on its own. More often it remains, and with increased size, may cause blurred vision by distorting the shape of the eye. Ordinarily, the inflammation is a reaction to the trapped oil secretions and is not caused by bacteria, although it may become secondarily infected by bacteria. Chalazions tend to “point” toward the inside of the eyelid.
How Are Chalazions Treated?
Treatment may involve any one or combinations of the following:
- Antibiotic and/or steroid drops or injections.
- Warm compresses, massage or expression of the glandular secretions.
- Surgical incision or excision.
Treatment is usually curative, although certain individuals are prone to recurrence. Recurrences at the same place may require a biopsy with pathological confirmation to make certain that a more serious problem does not exist.
Why Are Regular Medical Eye Examinations Important For Everyone?
Eye disease can strike at any age. Many eye diseases do not cause symptoms until the disease has done damage. Since most blindness is preventable if diagnosed and treated early, regular medical examinations by an ophthalmologist are very important.
Why an ophthalmologist?
Because only an ophthalmologist (MD or osteopath) can provide total care for your eyes: medical, surgical and optical. At The Eye Centers of Racine and Kenosha, we will check your eyes thoroughly to understand the reasons for your vision problems. And we?ll explain your choices for correcting the problems.
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